The issue of using the death penalty for criminals in the U.S. is a highly debated topic. On one side, you have the people who want it to be illegal and abolish the death penalty altogether.
One of this side’s biggest arguments for why this should happen is that many innocent people end up wrongly executed. Innocence is often proven after the execution has taken place, and people are wrongly put to death.
They also argue that it is very expensive to put criminals on death row. The trials for death penalties are very lengthy and expensive. There are even two trials, one for the verdict, and one for the sentencing. After this, there are still many appeals, and overall it costs more money than it would save.
Another popular argument is that using the death penalty is a form of revenge. Killing someone for killing others continues the use of violence, and it is unconstitutional.
However, there is another side who argue that the death penalty should and needs to be used.
One of their biggest arguments is that the death penalty can stop potential criminals from committing crimes. According to a study conducted in the late 1960’s, there was a 7% crime rate increase the years this law was abolished. People for the death penalty will often cite statistics like this to show that the death penalty is effective.
Another strong argument is that the death penalty is just used for crimes that were committed against the right to life and freedom of victims. Since people have the right to safety and to live in peace, these crimes break this. They argue that it is only fair to bring them to justice in this way.
Finally, they too argue that it is cheaper to use the death penalty. Technically, life imprisonment is accumulatively higher given the expenses for food, healthcare and other costs of keeping the inmates alive.
Both sides have valid points, and this will likely continue to be a hot-button topic for a long time.